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Revolt Aboard the Amistad

In 1839, 53 African slaves being transported on the Spanish merchant ship La Amistad revolted against their captors. Though their transport to the US was illegal, when they arrived in New York they were declared salvage by the US Navy and taken to be sold as slaves. The ensuing widely publicized court cases helped propel the abolitionist movement. In 1842, the Africans finally returned home after a federal court ruled that they were not legally slaves. What is the meaning of "amistad?"



The Dandelion

The dandelion is a perennial herb with a yellow flower head and notched leaves. The flower matures into a globe of fine filaments, called the "dandelion clock." These downy seed carriers are often blown apart by children playing outdoors. Though many consider the dandelion a lawn pest, it is actually quite useful: its young leaves can be eaten as salad greens and the ground, roasted roots are often consumed as a coffee substitute. What beverage is made from the dandelion's flowers?

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Imelda Marcos

As First Lady of the Philippines from 1965-1986, Marcos helped shape social policies designed to assist the poor and develop the nation. Her personal excesses, however, became symbols of greed and indifference when the economy soured. Badly defeated in two presidential races, she was elected Congresswoman of Leyte in 1995, but was later convicted of corruption and extortion. Marcos became notorious for her shoe collection; how many pairs did she reportedly own?

Last updated on Monday, 2nd July 2007

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